Words Used to Describe Energy In Performance

Below is a table of 200 words used to describe energy in performance. This curated list of adjectives will help students of drama and theatre effectively describe the type of energy displayed by actors in either their own performance or a show performed by others.

It is typical in drama courses across the world for students to self reflect on their own performances. Common to all performances is the actor’s use of energy. This can be described as anything from lacklustre to frenetic energy and everything in between. The problem is students often find energy difficult to describe in written responses.

Similarly, students of drama usually visit the professional theatre. Here, the degree of energy applied by the performers often needs to be described by the drama students post-performance in a critique, analysis or evaluation of the play or musical seen.

This list of 200 adjectives describing energy in a theatre performance should prove useful for students everywhere.

If you are not sure of the meaning of a particular word, use the dictionary link at the bottom of the table.

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absorbingfuriousrekindled
abundantgleefulreserved
activeguardedrestrained
aggressivegutsyreviatlised
alarminghard-hittingrising
animatedhealthyrobust
apatheticHerculeanrugged
arrestinghighrumbustious
athletichigh-octanesapped
boisteroushigh-poweredsavage
boldhot-bloodedsheepish
bouncyhyperactivesheer
boundlessidlesilent
breezyimpassionedskittish
briskimpotentsleepy
bubblyinactivesluggish
bustlingindefatigablesnappy
busyinertsoft
calminsatiablesparkling
ceaselessinspiringsparky
chargedintensespasmodic
collectiveinvigoratedspirited
compellingirrepressiblespiritless
confidentjoyoussprightly
contagiouslackadaisicalspringy
customarylackingstartling
dashinglacklustrestrained
deadlanguidstriking
debilitatedlazystrong
delicatelethargicsubdued
demandinglifelesssuperior
determinedlingeringsuppressed
dilutedlistlesssustained
diminishinglivelyswift
dispiritedlustytempered
dormantmagificentterrific
dramaticmajestictimid
drivenmaniacaltired
drivingmercurialtireless
dullmightytiresome
dynamicmomentaryunabated
earnestnervousuncompelling
effervescentnoticeableuncompromising
emotionaloverpoweringunderstated
emphaticoverwhelminguneasy
enduringpassionateunflagging
energisedpassiveunlimited
energisingpent-upunparallelled
enlivenedpeppyunrivalled
enthusiasticperkyunspent
excitablepersistentuntiring
exhaustingphysicaluplifting
explosiveplayfulvaliant
exuberantpositivevaried
faintpotentvigourous
fanaticalpowerfulviolent
feeblepowerlessvitalised
ferociouspressingvivacious
fierceprimitivevolatile
fierypunchywasted
forciblepurposefulweak
formidablerambunctiouswearied
franticrashweary
frenziedrecklessworn-out
freshred-bloodedyouthful
frolicsomerefreshedzippy
fruitlessrejuvenated

Not sure of a word definition? Click here

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